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    Tue, July 15, 2014

    Huddled Masses


    The flood of illegal immigrants crossing America's southern border has become a crisis. Those arriving are not "undocumented" or "refugees," what is occurring is a blatant ...

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    Mon, June 30, 2014

    The Pendulum Swings


    When history looks back at the just completed term of the Supreme Court of the United States it will view it as the end point of the pendulum swing toward an imperial presidency and the beginning of ...

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    Tue, June 24, 2014

    Why Republicans Should Not Raise Taxes


    With the state budget over a billion dollars out of balance and elections approaching the pressure is on the governing Republican majority in Harrisburg to raise taxes. They should not. To do so ...

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    Tue, June 17, 2014

    Moving the Goal Posts


    A football field is 100 yard long. That makes the 50-yard line the center of the field. Suppose we were to change the rules and make the football field 120 yards long. That would make the center ...

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    Tue, June 03, 2014

    PA GOP at Crossroads


    In what was perhaps one of the most famous speeches in American political history Ronald Reagan's national career was launched in the closing days of the 1964 presidential campaign with his "A ...

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    Thu, May 22, 2014

    Why We Remember


    The degree and intensity which Americans commemorate Memorial Day tends to rise and fall depending upon the nation's level of active involvement in a foreign conflict. During the height of the ...

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    Mon, May 05, 2014

    Crunch Time


    It is crunch time in Harrisburg.

    The next 60 days will likely be the most productive — or unproductive — period of legislating under the capitol dome ...

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    Tue, April 22, 2014

    A Common Thread


    With 24-hour cable news and an ever-present stream of information over the Internet it is sometimes difficult to discern trends or common threads due to the overwhelming amount of information that ...

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    Tue, April 15, 2014

    No Turn-around Yet for PA Businesses


    Weighed down by concerns over a possible increase in the minimum wage, uncertainty over health care; and excessive regulations, Pennsylvania's business climate continued to get worse over the past ...

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    Tue, April 08, 2014

    A Taxing Tale


    President Obama's claim that "If you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan" was dubbed by pundits as the 2013 lie of the year. Fast forward to this year's ...

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    Mon, March 24, 2014

    Official Repression


    Richard Nixon was often accused of creating an imperial presidency and of using the levers of power to repress and punish those who disagreed with him. Nixon's "enemies list" became a ...

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    Tue, March 11, 2014

    Union Violence Hits Tipping Point


    Psst.

    How would you like to be able to stalk someone? Or perhaps harass them? Maybe even threaten to use a weapon of mass destruction against them?

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    Wed, February 26, 2014

    Promises Kept Leads to Political Trouble


    By almost any measure 2010 was a banner year for Republicans. Riding the crest of the Tea party wave the GOP reclaimed control of the U.S. House of Representatives and added to the number of states ...

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    Mon, February 10, 2014

    A Yogi Berra Election


    Famed Yankee's skipper and player Yogi Berra famously said the game "isn't over until it is over." Always quotable, Berra summed up in one sentence the fact that in baseball, even in the ...

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    Tue, January 28, 2014

    State of the Kingdom


    "Leader, n. A person who influences a group of people toward the achievement of a goal." — Webster

    "Dictator, n. A leader who ...

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    Thu, January 16, 2014

    PA Energy: Bright Future or Lights Out?


    Lying beneath Penn's Woods are deposits of coal and reserves of natural gas so large that the state has earned the nickname the "Saudi Arabia of the United States." At the current moment, ...

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    Mon, December 30, 2013

    Fool's Errand


    Tue, December 03, 2013

    The Un-COLA


    In politics, as with many aspects of life, timing is everything. The timing of the awarding of this year's annual cost-of-living pay increase for state officials could not have been worse. ...

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    Tue, November 19, 2013

    Mr. Obama: You're No Abe Lincoln


    One President of the United States was invited to speak at the national cemetery at Gettysburg as an afterthought. He was not the featured speaker, and his words lasted but a few minutes. His ...

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    Tue, November 05, 2013

    Opens Records Law Key to Restoring Penn State Credibility


    Penn State University is fighting efforts in Harrisburg to place state-related universities, of which Penn State is one, under provisions of the commonwealth's Open Records law. This would require ...

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    Mon, October 21, 2013

    Why the Recovery Remains Sluggish


    The last time more Pennsylvania business leaders felt the state's economy was headed in the right direction George W. Bush was just weeks away from being elected to his second term of office. The ...

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    Mon, October 07, 2013

    We Feel Their Pain


    Adams County in autumn is one of the most beautiful spots in Pennsylvania. Its country roads are surrounded by apple orchards and roadside stands stocked with pumpkins, cider and other seasonal ...

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    Tue, September 24, 2013

    A Peek Behind the Curtain


    Primary elections are the vehicle by which voters select their party's nominees who then advance to the General Election to do battle with the opposing party. But, before voters even go to the polls ...

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    Tue, September 10, 2013

    It's for the Children


    Unsurprisingly, in the realm of politics and public policy folks often say one thing while meaning something entirely different. For example, when a public official decides to retire to "spend ...

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    Fri, August 30, 2013

    Latrobe Goes Bananas Over Split


    Forget about the pension crisis, crumbling roads and bridges, liquor privatization and all those other issues that have been occupying Pennsylvania politicos for the past few months. It is time to ...

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    Tue, August 13, 2013

    Faux Reform


    Reform is one of the most abused words in Pennsylvania's legislative lexicon. In the years since the infamous middle-of-the-night pay raise uprising many lawmakers have hopped on the reform ...

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    Mon, July 29, 2013

    Register of Wills ~Justice of the Supreme Court


    It is not very often that a Register of Wills makes statewide headlines. But Bruce Hanes, holder of that ministerial office in the suburban Philadelphia County of Montgomery did just that recently ...

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    Mon, July 15, 2013

    Don't Agree? Govern by Decree!


    Proponents of conservative public policy increasingly advocate that states invoke their right of nullification, essentially invalidate federal laws with which they strongly disagree or view as ...

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    Wed, July 03, 2013

    Dereliction of Duty


    Imagine if you will that your boss had given you three tasks of significant importance to your place of employment and that you had failed to get those tasks done in a timely manner. Now, imagine ...

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    Tue, June 18, 2013

    America's Biggest Scandal


    From the administration's handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, to the Internal Revenue Service harassment of conservative organizations, to the Justice Department's snooping on ...

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    Tue, June 04, 2013

    Shredding the Bill of Rights


    It may be the work of a vast left-wing conspiracy, or it could be simply the by-product of a nation slowly inching its way into socialism, but a systematic shredding of America's Bill of ...

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    Mon, May 20, 2013

    Costa's Big Government Agenda


    In recent weeks Americans have seen the dark underbelly of big government: the IRS targeting conservative groups; the Department of Justice tapping the phone lines of journalists; stonewalling by the ...

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    Tue, April 30, 2013

    Gas, Booze and Feral Swine


    State government is facing another difficult budget, a critical junction in the liquor privatization debate, a looming pension crisis along with crumbling roads and bridges. So it provided a bit of ...

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    Wed, April 24, 2013

    Work in Progress


    There has been a lot of buzz among politicos over Governor Tom Corbett's low polling numbers. While the governor struggles among the general voting population, he fares better among the state's job ...

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    Thu, April 11, 2013

    Firewall Against Tyranny


    When considering whether or not to ratify the proposed Constitution of the United States of America a number of the former colonies expressed concern that the proposed new national charter failed to ...

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    Tue, April 09, 2013

    PA Business Climate: Treading Water


    Although many key economic indicators are pointing to a slowly improving economy, employers in Pennsylvania say — at best — the state's business climate is stagnant. More report lower ...

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    Sat, April 06, 2013

    Treading Water

    PA business owners/CEOs don't see economic recovery


    Although many key economic indicators are pointing to a slowly improving economy, employers in Pennsylvania say - at best - the state's business climate is stagnant. More report lower employment ...

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    Tue, March 26, 2013

    Uncivil War


    Although much ado has been made about the Republican Party's need to reach out to emerging constituent groups amid the mainstream media's caterwauling about the need for conservatives to moderate, it ...

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    Mon, March 11, 2013

    Raise Profile of PA 'Row Offices'


    When Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale appeared recently at the Pennsylvania Press Club he spoke of the frustrations of running for a low profile statewide office in a Presidential ...

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    Tue, February 26, 2013

    Co-Equal Branches?


    The judicial branch of government has been in the news a lot lately for matters unrelated to actual litigation. The conviction of a sitting state Supreme Court Justice on felony charges for using ...

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    Wed, February 13, 2013

    PSEA Bargaining Chips


    One of the most common rhetorical techniques used by politicians to disguise the true nature of a proposed policy is to give legislation a name implying something totally different. For example, ...

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    Wed, January 30, 2013

    One Term Tommy?


    Nothing excites the political community more than speculating about the next election. Given that 2013 is the low profile point in the political cycle — basically county row offices and ...

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    Tue, January 15, 2013

    Bully Pulpit


    Losing the policy debate, unions resorting to violence

    Bully n. pl. bul-lies: A person who is habitually cruel or overbearing; a hired ruffian; a thug; v, to ...

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    Wed, January 02, 2013

    A Tale of Two Parties


    Given the portrait the mainstream news media has painted of the two major political parties; please identify which of the following actions were taken by the Democrat and which by the ...

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    Thu, December 20, 2012

    A Lump of Coal for Charities?


    'Fiscal cliff' talks threaten Federal charitable tax deduction

    The stubbornly sluggish economic recovery has created a perfect storm of bad economic news ...

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    Mon, December 03, 2012

    Pledge or Principle?


    Much ado has been made in recent weeks about the impact of the no tax pledge spearheaded by Americans for Tax Reform. Those who view the pending expiration of Bush era tax rates, and the fiscal ...

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    Tue, November 20, 2012

    Unsportsmanlike Conduct


    There is a saying in sports that it isn't winning or losing that matters, it is how you play the game. In professional sports appropriate conduct is required. The NFL will flag players for personal ...

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    Wed, November 07, 2012

    Back Where We Started


    After the longest and most expensive election cycle in American history we are
    . . . right back where we started. President Barack Obama has been re-elected by a narrow margin — even more ...

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    Mon, November 05, 2012

    PA Economy Trying to Gain Steam


    Pennsylvania employers are expressing greater optimism about the direction of the state's economy, but underlying factors such as the difficulty in obtaining needed capital continue to hinder the ...

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    Sat, November 03, 2012

    PA Economy Trying to Gain Steam

    Lack of access to capital hindering economic recovery


    Pennsylvania employers are expressing greater optimism about the direction of the state's economy, but underlying factors such as the difficulty in obtaining needed capital continue to hinder the ...

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    Tue, October 23, 2012

    Natural Gas: Location, Location, Location


    There is an old adage in the real estate business that three factors affect the price of a property: location, location, location. It is a truism that might also be adopted by Pennsylvania's ...

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    Wed, October 10, 2012

    Making PA Business Friendly


    Dick Yuengling, Jr., owner and president of Pottsville-based Yuengling Brewery, the oldest and now largest brewer of beer in the nation, raised eyebrows recently when he told the Harrisburg ...

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    Wed, September 26, 2012

    Golden Age of Gas


    There is no doubt that development of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale natural gas resources has fueled an economic boom across a wide swath of Pennsylvania, a region that has floundered economically ...

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    Wed, September 12, 2012

    Wrong Turn: PA Turnpike Debt Mounts


    State Representative Peter J. Daley (D-Washington County) recently called on top leaders at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to resign citing a $7 billion debt racked up by the toll road agency. ...

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    Thu, September 06, 2012

    Republicans Are From Mercury, Democrats From Pluto


    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the ...

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    Tue, September 04, 2012

    Intolerance of the Left


    Events of recent weeks have graphically illustrated that the political Left in America is guilty of precisely the type of intolerance — political and social — for which it frequently ...

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    Wed, August 15, 2012

    Sheeple


    Just when you think things couldn't possible get any worse for Penn State they do. The latest repercussion from the Jerry Sandusky scandal to hit the university is a warning from the Middle States ...

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    Wed, August 01, 2012

    Voter ID Madness


    A couple of months ago, suffering from a sore throat, I walked into a local chain pharmacy to buy some cough syrup. The young lady at the check-out counter asked to see my driver's license or some ...

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    Tue, July 17, 2012

    Rearranging the Titanic's Deck Chairs


    Pennsylvania's "full-time" legislature is now off on a two month summer recess, essentially ending the productive phase of current session. Yes, the General Assembly will reconvene in ...

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    Tue, July 03, 2012

    Trashing a Self-Evident Truth


    As the nation celebrates Independence Day the assault on our rights and freedoms continues on a scale virtually unparalleled in the history of the republic. The Declaration of Independence begins ...

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    Wed, June 20, 2012

    A Rose by Any Other Name


    Late last summer the political and financial worlds focused on Capitol Hill as Congress debated increasing the nation's debt limit. Increasing the debt ceiling had become the latest in a string of ...

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    Tue, June 05, 2012

    Real Fiscal Conservatism


    Fiscal restraint is a key component of conservatism. Some take this to mean spending less is always better and that all spending cuts are good. But, true fiscal conservatism also requires that when ...

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    Mon, May 28, 2012

    Lincoln Institute Co-Founder Dies at 58


    Albert Paschall, 58, co-founder of the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research, Inc. passed away on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, in Melbourne, Florida where he recently moved after his retirement ...

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    Tue, May 22, 2012

    Cesspool of Corruption


    These are days of shame in Pennsylvania.

    In just the past couple of weeks a sitting state Supreme Court Justice has been indicted, a state Senator has resigned in ...

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    Fri, May 11, 2012

    Reason for Pessimism


    Convention wisdom over the past few months has it the economy is finally beginning to emerge from the recession that began back in 2008. So it was a bit surprising that the Spring 2012 Keystone ...

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    Fri, April 27, 2012

    Recovery? PA Employers Say Economy Remains Sluggish


    Despite the conventional wisdom that the nation is emerging from a four-year economic downturn, results of the Spring 2012 Keystone Business Climate Survey find employers in the commonwealth less ...

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    Wed, April 25, 2012

    Memo from Voters: Stuff Your Endorsement


    Tuesday's primary election highlighted two serious structural deficiencies in Pennsylvania's electoral process. Once again the "Keystone State" was anything but in the presidential ...

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    Wed, April 11, 2012

    Time Out: Santorum Ends Campaign


    Rick Santorum has ended — for now — one of the most improbable presidential campaigns in modern American history. From bouncing through the cornfields of Iowa in a pick-up truck owned by ...

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    Wed, March 28, 2012

    Policy Envy


    Conservative activists from across Penn's Woods gathered recently for the annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference. From the podium and through the hallways a common theme emerged. There is a ...

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    Mon, March 19, 2012

    Education Snobs


    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum made headlines a couple of weeks ago when he labeled President Barack Obama a "snob" for saying that his goal was for every American to be ...

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    Mon, March 19, 2012

    Education Snobs


    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum made headlines a couple of weeks ago when he labeled President Barack Obama a "snob" for saying that his goal was for every American to be ...

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    Wed, February 29, 2012

    It's Debatable


    Presidential debates have a rich history of making — or breaking — candidates. It began with the very first such debate held in 1960 when John Kennedy's confident, youthful appearance ...

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    Tue, February 14, 2012

    Left Intensifies War Against Christians


    Left Intensifies War Against Christians
    PA 'Year of the Bible" resolution latest front in battle

    By Lowman S. Henry

    In ...

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    Mon, January 30, 2012

    Black Robed Bandits


    Every ten years following the decennial census the Pennsylvania state constitution requires the redrawing of legislative district lines to account for shifts in population. Under the best of ...

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    Wed, January 18, 2012

    The Voter ID Race Card


    A few weeks ago my wife and I travelled to Arizona to visit family for holidays. When we arrived at the airport we were required to show a photo ID to check our luggage. We again had to show photo ...

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    Wed, January 04, 2012

    Round II: Another Budget Battle Lies Ahead


    Governor Tom Corbett and Republicans in the state legislature have spent the last six months patting themselves on the back for fulfilling their main constitutional duty of passing a state budget on ...

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    Tue, December 06, 2011

    Toomey's Practical Conservatism


    U.S. Senator Pat Toomey has been in office for less than a year, but in that short period of time he has emerged as something rare in present day Washington, D.C. — a principled officeholder ...

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    Wed, November 23, 2011

    The Rise of Newt Gingrich


    The race for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination has begun to resemble a skeet shooting contest. Skeet is a competitive sport wherein clay disks are flung into the air at various angles and ...

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    Tue, November 08, 2011

    Uncertainty Stifling Job Creation


    The Occupy Wall Street protestors are focused on the wealthiest one percent of Americans and President Barack Obama is engaging class warfare in an effort to raise taxes on the rich. These tactics ...

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    Wed, October 26, 2011

    Economic Outlook Turns Gloomy

    Brief burst of optimism fades as recession lingers


    Business confidence in the Pennsylvania economy has again turned negative after a brief period of optimism earlier this year. The Fall 2011 Keystone Business Climate Survey conducted by the ...

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    Tue, October 25, 2011

    In the Fullness of Time


    "I may walk slowly, but I never walk backward."
    Abraham Lincoln

    The 2011 General Election has yet to be held, but already ...

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    Tue, October 11, 2011

    Haight-Ashbury Meets Wall Street


    It is interesting how a dispirit group of malcontents with nothing better to do that hang out on Wall Street all of a sudden are branded by the media as a "national movement."

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    Tue, September 27, 2011

    Reinventing DEP


    Passage of the state budget and looming battles over school choice and privatization of the commonwealth's liquor stores have dominated the policy debate in Harrisburg. But, almost quietly an ...

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    Tue, September 13, 2011

    Unemployment: Obama's Hostage Crisis?


    Barack Obama's presidency is in deep trouble because he neglected to heed the maxim ineloquently stated by Clinton campaign manager Jim Carville in the 1992 Presidential campaign: "It's the ...

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    Wed, August 31, 2011

    A Tree Falls in Penn's Woods


    The Lincoln Institute's most recent Keystone Business Climate Survey found just 16% of employers in Penn's Woods held a positive view of the state House of Representatives, only 14% thought kindly of ...

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    Mon, August 15, 2011

    Barry Goldwater Redux?


    Ron Paul may be the Republican Party's latest incarnation of Barry Goldwater. Like the 1964 Republican Presidential nominee, Congressman Paul has been an election cycle or two ahead of public ...

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    Wed, August 03, 2011

    The Next Step


    Governor Tom Corbett inherited a $4 billion plus budget deficit when he took office earlier this year. Keeping his pledge not to raise taxes, the new governor promptly outlined the spending cuts ...

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    Mon, July 18, 2011

    Irresistible Force Meets Immovable Object


    Washington, the financial world and much of the nation are transfixed by the political stalemate over the looming national debt ceiling. Amid the charges of "playing to the base" and ...

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    Tue, July 05, 2011

    The 'Not Mitt' Primary


    In addition to their growing ideological divide, the two major political parties in the United States have established a completely different approach to selecting their nominees for the Presidency. ...

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    Mon, June 20, 2011

    Tower of Babble


    In January, at the dawn of the current legislative session, it appeared as if Pennsylvania was finally headed toward giving parents of children in failing schools the right of school choice. School ...

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    Mon, June 06, 2011

    Clintonian Style Tax Debate


    In his efforts to escape legal entanglements resulting from the Monica Lewinsky scandal, former President Bill Clinton once answered a prosecutor's question by saying "it depends on what the ...

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    Thu, May 26, 2011

    Last Full Measure of Devotion


    As with many occasions that roll around every year, the significance of Memorial Day can often be overlooked because it is an annual rite. But each year, for someone, Memorial Day has for the first ...

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    Mon, May 09, 2011

    PA GOP Senate: Wrong on Budget


    It is budget time in Harrisburg. The deadline for approving the state's new spending plan is June 30th. With Republicans in control of the governorship and both houses of the legislature there is ...

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    Mon, May 02, 2011

    Hitting Bottom


    PA Employers say recession has ended, predict improving economy

    Pennsylvania's business climate has ended a three year slide, but although it has ...

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    Tue, April 26, 2011

    GOP Fantasy Team 2012


    Sports fanatics like to fantasize. There are fantasy teams for baseball and football, and brackets for March Madness at the end of basketball season. As the presidential election gears up political ...

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    Tue, April 12, 2011

    Drill Baby Drill


    I like my sport utility vehicle. It works well for me because it seems I am always toting something around; printed materials for work or campaigns, plants for the yard, luggage for family ...

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    Tue, March 29, 2011

    If You Tax It They Will Leave


    "If you want to go to work you can find a job."

    How many places in Pennsylvania, in fact in America can make that boast? They can in Bradford County ...

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    Tue, March 15, 2011

    Uncivil Unions


    A few short weeks ago the buzzword in American politics was "civility." The mainstream news networks, liberal newspapers, the left-wing blogosphere and their assorted allies were in high ...

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    Mon, February 28, 2011

    Speaking of Rights . . .

    Time for a Right to Work law


    In Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has chosen to fight a budget battle and engage in a playing field-altering confrontation with his state's labor unions at the same time. Here in Pennsylvania ...

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    Tue, February 15, 2011

    Chuck Taylor Budgeting


    Every once in a while an old idea becomes new again. It seems our never-ending quest for things new and original occasionally gives way to a desire for something old and familiar. In clothing for ...

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    Mon, January 31, 2011

    Civility: Left's Code Word of the Day


    President Harry S. Truman was known for his blunt talk. Much of that blunt talk was aimed at Republicans in Congress who were frequently at odds with the man from Missouri. Truman turned the GOP ...

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    Tue, January 18, 2011

    Lt. Governor: Relic or Relevant?


    Much has been written and said about what kind of a governor Tom Corbett will be. He is, without any doubt, the polar opposite of former Governor Ed Rendell in both style and substance. But little ...

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    Tue, January 04, 2011

    Testing, One . . . Two . . . Three . . .


    The calendar now says 2011, but the political eyes of the nation are already looking ahead to 2012 when America will once again elect a president. While it may seem a bit early to focus on the ...

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    Tue, December 21, 2010

    Rock, Paper, Scissors


    As Tom Corbett prepares to take office in a couple of weeks as Pennsylvania's new governor the array of problems awaiting his attention are varied and substantial. His first order of business will ...

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    Tue, December 07, 2010

    How the Left Stole Christmas


    As surely as silver bells ring and halls get decked the arrival of the Christmas season will reignite controversy over the expression of Christian religious beliefs in the public square. Despite the ...

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    Tue, November 23, 2010

    Walking Around Money


    The skyrocketing cost of government was a major factor in the GOP's sweeping victories in congressional elections earlier this month. Much attention was focused on earmarks, the practice of ...

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    Mon, November 08, 2010

    Change We Can't Believe In


    With Republicans now firmly in control of both the Pennsylvania Senate and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives it would seem the time is finally at hand for enactment of a reform agenda. Three ...

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    Wed, October 27, 2010

    It's Your Choice


    Pennsylvania is about to get a new governor, and there will be a lot of new faces in the legislature when it reconvenes in January. Fiscal issues, specifically the state's $5 billion plus structural ...

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    Fri, October 22, 2010

    PA Economy Stuck in Low Gear


    The economic recession in Pennsylvania leveled off last spring, but results of the Fall 2010 Keystone Business Climate Survey reveal the recovery has not yet begun. The drop in sales that plagued ...

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    Thu, October 14, 2010

    Tough Times Down on the Farm


    Although Pennsylvania is often characterized as an "industrial state," agriculture is actually the state's number one business. A recent poll of farmers across Penn's Woods found that, ...

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    Thu, September 30, 2010

    Animal Farm Redux

    GOP-controlled state senate lurches left


    In George Orwell's 1945 classic Animal Farm, the humans running the farm are displaced in an uprising by the animals who take charge. As time progresses, the revolutionary leaders become corrupted ...

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    Tue, September 14, 2010

    Proposed Legislative Budget Office is Fiscal Folly


    The compromise that resulted in the state budget agreement last summer included promised action on two major issues by October: enactment of a severance tax on gas in the Marcellus Shale Reserve, and ...

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    Wed, September 01, 2010

    A Transformational Election


    Although Labor Day is traditionally seen as the kick-off of the General Election campaign season, the long process of state primaries will continue well into September. The primaries held to date ...

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    Fri, August 20, 2010

    A Matter of Fairness


    The traditional Labor Day kick-off of the political season is almost here, but the fall campaign will get underway without any minor party or independent candidates on the ballot for statewide ...

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    Tue, August 03, 2010

    A Mid-Summer Night's Nightmare


    Governor Ed Rendell will leave office in January, but travelers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will only just be starting to pay for the legacy of profligate spending he will leave behind.

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    Tue, July 20, 2010

    Pork Perverts Process


    Thousands of state workers will be losing their jobs, the state's social service agencies are struggling to deal with delayed and reduced funding, roads and bridges across the commonwealth are ...

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    Wed, July 07, 2010

    Muddled Message


    Quick question: which party's legislative leadership would you expect to vote for a budget that plunges the state more deeply into debt by borrowing $600 million; relies on over $800 million in ...

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    Thu, July 01, 2010

    Our Finest Hour


    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the ...

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    Wed, June 09, 2010

    Irresistible Force Meets Immovable Object


    It looks like Ed Rendell will go eight for eight.

    As in, eight missed budget deadlines in eight years. I haven't checked the records, but I am willing to bet the ...

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    Mon, May 24, 2010

    Racists vs. Socialists


    The presidency of Barack Obama has become one of the most polarizing, if not the most polarizing administration in U.S. history. The Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll this past ...

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    Wed, May 12, 2010

    Round II: Budget Battle Resumes


    Be prepared for another long, hot summer in Harrisburg as Governor Ed Rendell and lawmakers fight over a new state budget amid a fiscal situation that has gone from bad to worse.

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    Tue, April 27, 2010

    It Can Be Done


    During his time in the White House Ronald Reagan kept a small sign on his desk. It read simply: "It can be done." Pennsylvanians are about to elect a new governor. He will be required ...

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    Fri, April 23, 2010

    Recession Loses Steam, Job Losses Continue


    Pennsylvania employers say that the state's economy has somewhat stabilized over the past six months, but the progress has come at the cost of jobs as many companies have cut the size of their work ...

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    Tue, April 13, 2010

    Weakening Religious Foundations Goal of American Left


    It is a typical tactic of the Left and its allies in the establishment news media to prey upon a problem that may develop in the core institutions of our society, magnifying the problem with the goal ...

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    Thu, April 01, 2010

    Race to the Bottom


    The Rendell Administration has been feeding hungrily at the trough of federal stimulus money, and among the categories it hopes to score dollars is in the area of education.

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    Tue, March 16, 2010

    Undercurrents

    Race for Lt. Governor reveals GOP divide


    All signs point to 2010 being a banner year for Republicans in Pennsylvania. Powered by the national backlash over the dramatic leftward tilt of the Obama Administration, the GOP appears poised to ...

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    Tue, March 02, 2010

    TEA for Two?

    Should the TEA Party join the GOP?


    The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party movement over the past year has developed into a major force in American politics. So much so it lifted a little known state senator in Massachusetts into the ...

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    Mon, February 15, 2010

    Two Roads Diverged in Penn's Woods

    Will PA-12 be NY-23 or Massachusetts?


    Will the special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Congressman John P. Murtha be a re-run of New York 23, or a Republican coup like the election of U.S. Senator Scott Brown in ...

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    Tue, February 02, 2010

    Nightmare Scenario

    PA Dems could nominate Leftist ticket


    In sports, teams that have absolutely no chance of making the play-offs sometimes make the biggest difference simply by playing the contenders. That is what may be happening in the race for the ...

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    Mon, January 18, 2010

    Black Robed Bad Boys


    As a result of the Bonusgate and capitol corruption scandals a harsh spotlight has been shone on the criminal misdeeds and alleged criminal actions of formerly powerful members of the Pennsylvania ...

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    Tue, January 05, 2010

    Second Fiddle

    It does matter who is PA's next lieutenant governor


    Dramatic developments in races for the United States Senate and Pennsylvania Governor have dominated coverage of the 2010 elections in Penn's Woods. But, a third statewide office will be on the ...

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    Mon, December 21, 2009

    Not in the Cards


    Who would have thought that half-way through the state's fiscal year the budget would still not be a completed document?

    Our "full time" ...

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    Tue, December 08, 2009

    Mr. Clean

    Is Tom Corbett the next Dick Thornburgh?


    It is always interesting to look back at history to find situations similar to those we currently find ourselves in as a guide to what actions we should take, or perhaps to foretell the future.

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    Mon, November 23, 2009

    Con Con

    PA needs a new state constitution


    The time has come for a state constitutional convention.

    It has become abundantly clear that not only is state government broken and dysfunctional, but that it is ...

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    Mon, November 09, 2009

    A Tale of Two Elections


    Two elections held earlier this month in New York and Pennsylvania dramatically illustrate what happens when candidates are allowed to compete for their party's nomination rather than being selected ...

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    Wed, October 28, 2009

    Where for Art Thou?

    PA legislature leaves town with job undone


    After missing the constitutionally-mandated deadline for passing a state budget by 101 days the Pennsylvania General Assembly promptly adjourned and went home for a month's vacation.

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    Tue, October 13, 2009

    Ticking Time Bomb

    PA headed for fiscal 'perfect storm'


    Finally, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a new state budget. The 101-day budget crisis ended with a new spending plan of $27.8 billion, a mere $500 million less than the previous year's budget ...

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    Tue, September 29, 2009

    Governing Responsibly

    The current budget deal doesn't fit the bill


    Recently I spoke before a Republican group about the current state budget deal. During my remarks I praised Republicans in the state House for their continued principled opposition to the tax ...

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    Mon, September 14, 2009

    Say It Ain't So, Joe!

    Senate GOP Sells Out on Taxes


    The announcement of a three-caucus budget deal involving both House and Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans represents a dramatic about face by Senate Republican leadership which at this point ...

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    Tue, September 01, 2009

    Just Do It

    Works selling sneakers, not state budgeting


    As Pennsylvania's budget crisis enters its third month there is a growing sentiment that legislators and the governor should strike whatever agreement they can just to bring the saga to an end. That ...

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    Wed, August 19, 2009

    Anger

    We're mad as . . .


    This is the summer of our discontent. Across America and throughout Penn's woods people are angry. In addition to dealing with arguably the most difficult economic times since the Great Depression, ...

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    Wed, August 05, 2009

    Time to Debate the Role of State Government

    Are we driving a Cadillac when a Ford would do?


    White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel famously said that "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste." That philosophy could easily be adapted to Pennsylvania's current budget ...

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    Tue, July 21, 2009

    Seven Billion Dollar Boondoggle

    Congress wasted defense dollars on duplicate jet engines


    The rush to borrow and spend trillions of dollars under the guise of stimulating the economy has largely not applied to what is actually the core function of the federal government: the ...

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    Tue, July 07, 2009

    Nobody Ever Lost . . .

    Tax hike vote could be the 'pay raise' vote of 2009


    It happened four years ago in the early morning hours of July 7th. The Pennsylvania General Assembly was set to adjourn for the summer, and in the dead of the night did what it had done many times ...

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    Wed, June 24, 2009

    Wheel of Misfortune

    Gamblers, nonprofits eyed as sources for more tax revenue


    As the economic recession continues to impact state and local budgets elected officials at all levels are seeking new ways to increase revenue. The schemes to fleece more money from the private ...

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    Tue, June 09, 2009

    Break the Cycle

    Time to cut spending, not raise taxes


    It was a classic example of how bureaucrats and politicians manipulate public opinion to advance their spending agendas. In the days after the Republican-controlled state senate passed a no-tax hike ...

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    Wed, May 27, 2009

    Civil War?

    No, just a healthy debate


    It didn't look good. The party had lost control of the White House and both houses of Congress. In the aftermath of defeat there were many voices raised urging divergent directions. No one seemed ...

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    Wed, May 20, 2009

    'Enhanced Interrogation Techniques'

    Is water boarding right or wrong?


    There is a classic old rhetorical question used in teaching debaters how to back their opponents into a corner: "Have you stopped beating your wife, yet?" If the person being questioned ...

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    Tue, May 12, 2009

    Capital Culture

    Spending interests make their voices heard, will you?


    The budget battle has begun. Governor Ed Rendell has continued his typical tax, spend and borrow approach, while state Senate Republicans have decided the time has come for state government to live ...

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    Tue, May 05, 2009

    'Defining Moment'

    GOP performance in budget debate will determine viability in governor's race


    We the people of Penn's woods will elect a new governor in November of next year. That is when the official voting will take place. But, the outcome of that election — as well as control of ...

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    Tue, April 28, 2009

    Principle or Politics?

    Specter party switch had nothing to do with party ideology


    Arlen Specter has now made official — he is a Democrat.

    That, of course, is something we have known all along. Arlen Specter has acted more like a Democrat ...

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    Tue, April 21, 2009

    Party's Over

    What is next for the Tea Party movement?


    Millions of Americans turned out, some in pouring rain, on April 15th — tax day — to protest the big spending ways of Washington. It was a legitimate, spontaneous grassroots uprising the ...

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    Wed, April 08, 2009

    A New PATH

    PA must end culture of corruption


    Pennsylvania it seems is giving Illinois a run for its money when it comes to claiming the title of the most corrupt state in America. While the Land of Lincoln garnered sensational headlines with ...

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    Tue, March 31, 2009

    Fool's Gold

    Legalized video poker wrong course for PA


    Recent polling by Franklin Marshall College shows a vast majority of Pennsylvanians support the expansion of gambling to include small games of chance, like video poker at bars; along with an ...

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    Wed, March 25, 2009

    Electability

    Who can win PA's U.S. Senate Seat in 2010?


    As the 2010 race for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seat takes shape the debate has already begun within the Republican Party as to who would be the most viable candidate against the eventual Democratic ...

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    Tue, March 17, 2009

    Outrageous

    Obama plans to deny veterans health care


    It is part of the anti-war mantra: We oppose the war, but support the troops. Now, yet another liberal lie bites the dust as President Barack Obama plans to end the nation's commitment to provide ...

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    Tue, March 10, 2009

    Homeless

    Arlen Specter may be without a political home


    Ronald Reagan once observed that "a recession is when your neighbor loses his job; a depression is when you lose your job." U.S. Senator Arlen Specter said recently we are ...

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    Tue, March 03, 2009

    Killing Charities

    Obama plans to limit charitable tax deductions at worst possible time


    President Barack Obama's war on the wealthy took a dangerous turn in his recently presented national budget when he proposed placing limits on tax deductions to charities by high income earners. It ...

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    Mon, February 23, 2009

    Public Financing

    PA taxpayers paying for all sides in Bonusgate probe


    Pity the poor taxpayer. As the probe into the state's Bonusgate scandal widens the cost of prosecuting — and defending — those under investigation is skyrocketing. And, we the taxpayers ...

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    Wed, February 18, 2009

    Our Town

    We Pennsylvanians love our communities


    Governor Ed Rendell's suggestion that Pennsylvania should undergo another round of school district consolidation has reignited the debate as to whether fewer and bigger is better than more and ...

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    Wed, February 11, 2009

    Bigger Not Better

    Rendell goal is to consolidate power, not schools


    There it was, nestled deep down in the Governor's annual budget address to a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, a bombshell that has ignited the debate over whether Pennsylvania ...

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    Tue, February 03, 2009

    Geico Budgeting

    So simple even a cave man could understand


    As state government struggles with a ballooning budget deficit it has become abundantly clear that the Rendell Administration is completely unwilling to make the tough decisions necessary to bring ...

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    Tue, January 27, 2009

    2009 Golden Snout Awards

    Special 'bail-out mania' edition


    It is the time of year when Hollywood pats itself on the back honoring its own with everything from the People's Choice Awards to the Oscars. And so it is time to revive the annual Pennsylvania ...

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    Wed, January 21, 2009

    Age of Obama?

    It is too soon to declare the end of a conservative era


    America has a new President. It is the beginning of a new administration. But, it is not the beginning of a new "era." Many commentators, especially those of a Leftist bent, are ...

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    Mon, January 12, 2009

    Back to the Future

    Current PA budget crisis brings back memories of 1991


    Eighteen years have passed since Pennsylvania last faced a major budget crisis, and the bad decisions made by Governor Casey and legislative leaders continue to haunt the commonwealth. The state's ...

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    Tue, December 16, 2008

    House of Cards?

    'Card Check' vote will be defining issue in 2010 U.S. Senate Primary


    New polls are showing U.S. Senator Arlen Specter is in for a long, tough slough if he hopes to win re-election and retain his seat in 2010. Polling reported on the Daily Kos web site shows Specter ...

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    Tue, December 09, 2008

    Read My Lips

    PA's new Lieutenant Governor Returns GOP to its anti-tax roots


    Let us try not to get to optimistic, yet, but it appears that Pennsylvania's new Lt. Governor Joe Scarnati (who is also President Pro Tempore of the state Senate) actually gets it.

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    Tue, December 02, 2008

    Words Matter

    Conservative social principles sound, rehetorical approach often flawed


    In the wake of the second wave of substantial Republican losses from President on down to legislative seats, some in the GOP are suggesting it is time for the party to abandon its traditional support ...

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    Mon, November 17, 2008

    Pay to Play?

    Non-bid state contracts walk a fine ethical line


    Attorney General Tom Corbett's aggressive investigation of the Bonusgate scandal has put a bright spotlight on the fine line that separates legitimate legislative staff work from campaign-related ...

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    Mon, November 10, 2008

    Elections Not Yet Over

    Legislative leadership election will determine agenda for the coming two years


    For voters the 2008 elections are over, but for members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly a number of very important votes are still to be cast. In the coming weeks, legislators will be selecting ...

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    Wed, November 05, 2008

    Thinning the Herd: RINOs Lose Big

    Abandonment of conservative principles root cause of Republican losses


    Now what?

    The Republican Party nationally, and in Pennsylvania, lies in tatters today. Having lost the White House to Barack Obama, suffered historic losses in ...

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    Mon, October 27, 2008

    Ed and Taxpayers Make a Porno

    Films take funding priority over sewers, roads ~bridges


    Among the decisions to be made by Pennsylvania voters on Election Day is a ballot question that would empower the commonwealth to borrow $400 million to finance improvements to our state's water and ...

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    Wed, October 22, 2008

    Piecemeal Privatization

    Smaller scale PA Turnpike public-private partnerships may be politically viable


    The demise of the proposed agreement to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike to an investor firm headed by the Spanish investment group Albertis leaves the future of efforts to privatize the cross-state ...

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    Mon, October 13, 2008

    Melt Down

    Keystone Business Climate Survey produces most pessimistic results ever


    Pennsylvania's business climate mirrored the national economic melt-down over the past six months according to a substantial majority of business owners and chief executive officers participating in ...

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    Tue, October 07, 2008

    Fiscal Crisis Looms Over Penn's Woods

    Years of state over-spending contribute to mounting budget deficit


    State Representative Sam Rohrer was the canary in the mineshaft. Weeks ago, as the economic storm clouds gathered, Rohrer said the state was headed toward a massive budget deficit and he called upon ...

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    Tue, September 30, 2008

    Solving the Highway Funding Crisis

    A roadmap for fixing PA's roads and bridges


    As Congress struggles with how to resolve arguably the most serious financial crisis to confront our nation since the Great Depression, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell attempted to complicate the ...

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    Tue, September 23, 2008

    Susquehanna Fever

    2010 Governor's race beginning to take shape


    With the Presidential race running red hot, especially here in Pennsylvania, little attention is being paid to the 2010 race for governor of Penn's woods. Ed Rendell is unable to succeed himself ...

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    Mon, September 15, 2008

    Wrong Again

    Leasing turnpike not the only solution to PA's roads and bridge funding woes


    The federal government has realized something Pennsylvania policymakers did not: that the proposed tolling of Interstate 80 to provide funding to fix other roads and bridges was a bad idea. Thus did ...

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